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Topic: Is it possible to shorten a store-bought knit cardigan sweater?

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Subject: Is it possible to shorten a store-bought knit cardigan sweater?
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 5:21 PM ET
Member Since: 5/17/2007
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This is a dressy black sweater with beading on the front, but it is very long.  I'd like to revitalize it into a more modern looking short sweater.  I have a sewing machine and can sew.  Has anyone ever done something like this, maybe with bias tape?

Thanks, Cindy

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 5:42 PM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2008
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Yes, I've taken in and taken up knitted garments with a sewing machine. You have to be really careful not to stretch out the knit too much while sewing. Or, the reverse, sew it without any kind of stretch, then find out that seam does not move & stretch the way the rest of the garment needs to.

I usually do a straight stitch them go over the selvage edge with a large zig zag stitch before cutting or it will ravel. If you have some kind of stretch stitch or overcast stitch, it would probably work better.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:08 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2007
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I saw how to shorten knitted garments on DIY knitty gritty, I think.  I will see if I can find a video or instructions.  I sent the tape to my aunt who's daughter is really short and has trouble getting things to fit.  I thought this could help her, too.

I'll look to see if I can find a video.

Edit:  There is no video but here is a http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_3180638,00.html  It talks about how to put on a contrasting ribbed edging, but as long as you know how to cut if and pick up stitches you should be able to do it. 

I barely know how to knit, but I understood the idea of it.  I just have trouble getting the moves right.  I need to practice!  Hopefully that will help you if you know how to knit.

Last Edited on: 5/13/08 10:14 PM ET - Total times edited: 1